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Everything is Bullshit

Posted in Reading, Startups

Pricenomics is a startup that has somehow stumbled upon a pair of business models: data crawling, and blogging about data from a consumer-centric perspective. The latter has a pop-culture economics bent; it’s a technique taken …

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Flash Boys

Posted in Reading

I’m convinced that ever since humans have invented this idea of trade, that there soon followed people, with the idea that they can profit as middlemen, even if they have nothing to buy or sell …

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Hatching Twitter

Posted in Reading, Startups

One of my guilty reading pleasures are tech company biographies. That I’m a part of the industry and can relate to the motivations of founders and early employees is a given; I’ve also followed companies’ …

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Cloud Atlas

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I’ll admit: I picked up the Cloud Atlas novel mostly because the trailer for the movie adaption of the same name looked pretty interesting, a juxtaposition of what seemed like many different places and time …

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The Hard Thing about Hard Things

Posted in Management, Reading

There aren’t that many good articles on management in a technology company, and even less good books that go into much detail[1]. Square’s leadership courses reference High Output Management, written by the president of Intel …

A Random Walk Down Wall Street

Posted in Reading

Random Walk is the classic investment tome. I have been meaning to get through it for a while now, but I’ve only recently had a chance to read through its timeless advice. I guess I …

Inverted World

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I used to be a astrophysics nerd wannabe. The “wannabe” part is an apt qualifier: I was into the more popular culture and easily digestible aspects of astrophysics, but never quite pursued the college education …

Amazon, the Destroyer of Companies

Posted in Reading

Amazon is a scary company. At least, that’s the story told by The Everything Store, a recounting of the Amazon founding and growth story leading up to its present-day conglomeration of e-commerce, mobile devices, and …

A Book on a Video Game

Posted in Games, Reading

There aren’t that many books on video games; I’ve probably read most of them. For a medium and industry that pulls in almost $100 billion, it’s still seen as little more than a casual diversion, …

Flowers for Algernon

Posted in Reading, Thoughts

I just finished reading Flowers for Algernon, a sci-fi novel written in the 60s about a mentally retarded man who undergoes a surgical procedure to become a genius. I never got the chance to read …

Rediscovering the Joy of Reading

Posted in Reading, Thoughts

My love of reading comes in phases. Like most knowledge workers, a big chunk of it in the day comes in the form of email and wikis and tweets and looking for things online; at …